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Life’s a Witch so Roll a Die: Chapter 3

The city is under attack, and the mysterious attackers have ransacked the magic library, looking for…something. Can our heroes figure out what’s going on…and maybe get rich in the process?

Download it in issue #063!


Sparkler Podcast #042: Looking Forward to Sparkler Year 6

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Sparkler heads Rebecca, Lianne, and Lillian talk about the magazine and the company, look at how they got here and where they hope to take Sparkler in the future.

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Sparkler Podcast #041: Conventions

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Sparkler heads and convention veterans Rebecca, Lianne and Lillian talk about their con experiences, give tips and tricks to convention noobs about how to sell at a con, and tell some horror stories about their worst con experiences.

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Sparkler Podcast #039: Love/Hate Media with Eyugho and the Sparkler Staff

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Everybody has a few–a piece of media you love and hate at the same time. Maybe it starts amazing but gets bad. Maybe you love one character but hate the rest. Maybe you enjoy every minute watching it, but deep in your heart, you know it’s just dumb. Join Magical How artist Eyugho and Sparkler staff members Leah, Lianne, and Rebecca for a roundtable rant about the comics, shows, and games we love to have and hate to love!

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Sparkler Podcast #038: Planning Comics with KaiJu and Tacto

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So you want to be a comic artist. How do you figure out where to start, and once you know, how do you actually pull it off? Sparkler veterans Tacto (Firebird) and the two artist team KaiJu (Novae, Mahou Josei Chimaka) explain their processes and chat about how to get started creating a comic.

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Sparkler Podcast #037: How to Edit

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How do you edit your own work? What about editing someone else’s work–how do you help them make their story the best it can be? Sparkler founders and veteran editors Lianne Sentar, Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, and Rebecca Scoble share their editing tips and philosophies.

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Sparkler Podcast #036: Character Design for Artists

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What makes a great character design? How do you design for commercial clients versus your own projects? How do you go from weird sketches in your notebook to the hero of a comic series? Eyugho, creator of Magical How!, and Cap O’ Rushes, the lead artist from Paper Star Studios VNs Out of Sync & Cat House talk about their processes and theories of how to bring a character to life.

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Sparkler Podcast #035: Shoujo Tropes

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What do you love–or hate–about the magical world of shoujo? Sparkler editors Rebecca, Lianne, and Leah sit down to discuss the familiar plot points of sensuality (:D) and sexism (D:) of our favorite genre with Eurika Yusin Gho (eyugho), the creator of one of Sparkler’s most delightfully twisted shoujo series: Magical How. AND LET US TELL YOU ABOUT BANANA FISH.

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Sparkler Podcast #034: Female Gaze Smut

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Join Sparkler editor Lianne as she sits down with two special guests to talk pr0n: artist Onorobo from Dusk in Kalevia and Starfighter: Eclipse, and writer Moonklutz from the podcast /report and the world of fanfiction. Female Gaze erotica has its ups and downs (or is that ins and outs?), but the conversation swiftly veers to the most pressing (thrusting?) question: why do so many women want to have sex with that shark monster from Zelda?

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Sparkler Podcast #033: Discourse + The Problematic

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In this episode of the Sparkler Podcast, editors Lianne, Rebecca and Lillian discuss the way people talk about media online. They go into callout culture, how people discuss problematic media, and the way critique and feedback work online today. Get mad about the state of the world with the Sparkler staff!

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Sparkler Podcast #032: Editorial Speed Date

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In this episode of the Sparkler Podcast designed especially for creators, Sparkler editors Lianne and Rebecca discuss story refinement in its early stages: thinking about your audience, format, and story/characters arcs, using Awake as one of the examples. And Sparkler Production Head Leah volunteers as tribute to present a new story idea…to break down and refine with the editors live! (If listeners like this episode, let us know, because we might open this up to YOU submitting the next story idea. :D)

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Sparkler Podcast #031: NaNoWriMo + Game Jams

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Need motivation to create? There are collective crunch periods online where creators challenge themselves to churn out a completed work in a limited time–and attain that blissful sense of accomplishment! Sparkler staff members Rebecca, Leah, and Tabby sit down with Denise Schroeder of Before You Go to discuss National Novel Writing Month and various game jams of the past–and future!

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Sparkler Podcast #030: Wonder Women: Action/adventure in the Female Gaze

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With all the recent hype around the (now-released) Wonder Woman movie, we’ve decided to explore action/adventure plots in the Male Gaze vs the Female Gaze, which may give some creators out there ideas of their own! Sparkler editors Lillian, Lianne, and Rebecca are joined by Zoey of the Gutter Queens podcast and Eurika, creator of Magical How? (Thank you for a successful Magical How? Kickstarter this month!)

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Sparkler Podcast #029: TCAF with Heldrad

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We had a blast at TCAF (the Toronto Comics Arts Festival) this month, when Heldrad of Orange Junk flew all the way up from Mexico to join us! She sits down with Sparkler staff Lianne and Rebecca to discuss how great TCAF 2017 was, our history with the show, and Sparkler’s current (and future) plans for conventions.

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Sparkler Podcast #028: Promoted Fangirl (Breaking Into the Industry)

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Have you heard stories of fans being hired into the industries they love? Sparkler staff Lianne, Rebecca, and Leah are joined by Zoey of the Gutter Queens podcast to discuss fangirlish stories of breaking into the industry–and how to help your chances of breaking in, too.

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Sparkler Podcast #027: Otome Road in Tokyo

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Let Sparkler editors Lillian, Rebecca, and Lianne tell you about a magical place in Tokyo, Japan: Otome Road, a true geeky girl paradise! Hear about what’s hot there now (early 2017) and pick up some travel tips for your next trip to Ikebukuro and Akihabara!

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Sparkler Podcast #026: Kickstarter Tips and Tricks

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As a companion to the Tokyo Demons: Complete Series Kickstarter running this month, Sparkler editors Lianne Sentar and Rebecca Scoble discuss our publisher’s use of Kickstarter, as well as tips and tricks if you’re planning to run your own!  

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Sparkler Podcast #025: Before You Go with Creator Denise Schroeder

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It’s a Before You Go bonanza this month as we reprint Stories #1-2 alongside the brand-new pages of Story #3 – so what better way to celebrate than a roundtable with the series creator? :D Editors Lillian Diaz-Przybyl and Rebecca Scoble sit down with Denise Schroeder to discuss her enduring girl-meets-girl series and how it’s touched readers’ hearts since the very first year of Sparkler.  

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Sparkler Podcast #024: Yuri on Ice with MK of /report

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In a special episode from our Toronto location, Sparkler editors Lianne Sentar and Rebecca Scoble sit down with MK (Moonklutz) of the popular podcast /report to discuss Yuri on Ice! There’s a lot to say about everyone’s favorite figure-skating anime, and in true /report style, MK even comes with fanfic recommendations!

Fanfics mentioned in this episode:

i know my madness by astoryaboutwar

Unwritten by kaizuka

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